Description of a new species of arboreal tarantula of the genus Poecilotheria Simon, 1885 (Araneae: Theraphosidae) from Satpura Hills, Central India
Zeeshan A Mirza, Rajesh V. Sanap, Harshal Bhosale
A new species of arboreal tarantula of the genus
Poecilotheria is described from Central India, The
new species Poecilotheria chaojii sp. nov. is most
similar to P. tigrinawesseli and P. formosa.
However, it can be distinguished from P. formosa
by possessing a band on the venter of leg IV
(absent in P. formosa) and from P. tigrinawesseli
in bearing bright white and black alternating
bands on venter of leg IV (cryptic coloured and
black alternating bands in P. tigrinawesseli),
basal 1/4 of metatarsi covered with white hair
(basal 1/3 of metatarsi covered with a black band
in P. tigrinawesseli), three thorn-like tubercles on
the prolateral face of the maxilla (two thorn-like
tubercles in P. tigrinawesseli).
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